20 Most Recent Western Digital 250GB ELEMENTS EXTERNAL USB 2.0 250 GB Hard Drive Questions & Answers


try other usb port, or other computer and see whether the hdd is detected. If still not, try to go to device manager ( http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000833.htm ), and then assign a drive letter to the hdd. After that, try to access it from Computer, if not able to access it, format it (use quick format) and then use asoftech data recovery program to recover your files. get the data recovery program from
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Western Digital... | Answered on Dec 15, 2012


You probably formatted it with an NTFS filesystem. The Mac won't read NTFS drives. You will need to reformat the drive (after backing up the data that's on it) with a FAT32 filesystem. AFAIK FAT32 is the only filesystem that can be read by both Mac and Windows.

Western Digital... | Answered on Sep 07, 2011


Good day..!If your external is not working,try to change a usb cable,if its still not working try to insert other usb port of your computer, because it might have some problems with the port,but still not working..try to go may computer,right click the manage..then disk management..there you can see your hard disk try to change path or mount it..thanks

Western Digital... | Answered on Aug 18, 2011


the internal workings of your hdd has been damage by the fall there is not alot you can do, if its still under warranty they will/might replace it if not you can buy another hdd and fit it inside the external.

Western Digital... | Answered on Jul 31, 2011


1. Try to use a different USB Cable and test. 2. Open the external harddrive and replace the disk with a spare one or working one. Then test if it connects. a. If it does not connect then the problem is the electronic board of the external harddrive. Buy a Harddrive enclosure so as you could still use and retrieve your valuable data. Or slave the drive on your desktop computer and see if its connect. b. If it connects then you have a faulty harddrive. I hope you have a backup of what you have there.

Western Digital... | Answered on Jul 20, 2011


hi,
what kind of file are we talking about here and from what format to what format are you converting. Usually there are tons of applications out there that does convertion, so please let me know
hope this helps

Western Digital... | Answered on Jul 05, 2011


Hi Robert ,

Would you try this excellent sofware ? I guess it will save from your mess and it's free :

http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

Wish you success ,

Regards .

Thank you for visiting FixYa .

Western Digital... | Answered on Jan 06, 2011


sounds like the IDE cable needs to be fixed.

they are cheap to buy on the net or in a store.

Western Digital... | Answered on Dec 20, 2010


Is the error occurring when reading "from" the W.D. drive,
or is the error occurring when writing "to" your internal drive?

> digital delyed right failed

Is that the exact spelling of the error-message?

Western Digital... | Answered on Nov 17, 2010


Go to any computer-store, and buy a new "empty" external drive enclosure.
Then, "transplant" the disk-drive from your W.D. enclosure into the new enclosure.
All your files will remain accessible, and the new power-supply will power your disk-drive.

Western Digital... | Answered on Nov 04, 2010


Have you tried it in another PC / laptop??

Western Digital... | Answered on Oct 19, 2010


Hello

Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.

Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.

Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.

  1. The USB cable between the drive and the computer may be damaged.
  2. The circuit board which connects your drive to the interface of the external may be blown.
  3. The power supply (if applicable) may have a blown transformer.
The latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem. On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be free.

The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.

The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.

A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.

I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.

Kind Regards
Andrea

Western Digital... | Answered on Sep 29, 2010


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Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.

Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.

Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.

  1. The USB cable between the drive and the computer may be damaged.
  2. The circuit board which connects your drive to the interface of the external may be blown.
  3. The power supply (if applicable) may have a blown transformer.
The latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem. On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be free.

The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.

The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.

A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.

I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.

Kind Regards
Andrea

Western Digital... | Answered on Sep 27, 2010


This sign shows that the disk is inaccessible. Try to format it - if this fails then it's a hardware fault. Take the actual hard disk from its case and put it in a desktop - if in there it works that means that the case has died, buy another one and put the disk in it; if it doesn't then the hard disk has died - junk it and get a new external unit.

Western Digital... | Answered on Sep 08, 2010

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